Syntaxus Dogmata

An Insane Developer's Journal

Geeks and GIMPs

A while back, I mentioned that I was searching for a cheap & simple paint program not bent on being God’s gift to the photo editing universe as a free alternative to Photoshop.  I settled on Paint.NET the same way an old woman settles on a hemorrhoid donut — gingerly, and with a sigh of relief.

But not without trying a couple other candidates first.  GIMP was one such candidate, and I’m finding that it’s aptly named.  Like many other poorly implemented Windows applications, GIMP’s uninstaller doesn’t quite remove its massive, blubbery footprint from the operating system, as evidenced by the fact that every time I right-clicked an image file in Windows Explorer, the context menu still contained an item that proudly said “Open with GIMP.”

So, figuring the odds of me being the only hapless prospect out there to encounter this issue, I go searching for a solution online, and once again I’m reminded why most “helpful” geeks irritate the bat snot out of me.

I had to sift through several online forums where the original poster had the same problem, and asked for advice on how to get rid of the annoying menu item.  Inevitably, the majority of respondents felt the burning need to reveal their intelligence quotient by calling the issue into question…

“It’s just a harmless menu.  Why do you want to get rid of it?”

“Just change the file associations and double-click the image instead.”

“There are other ways of launching an application, you know.”

Why do people do this?  What is it about the human psyche that causes vacuous geeks to pull their head from its usual storage area to type an endless stream of worthless, issue-dodging drivel in response to a simple question?  It’s not just this particular issue, either.  It happens all the time!

Hey Einstein, do I look interested in justifying my question to you?  Did I ask for your personal bachelor’s dissertation on file associations or the finer points of launching a Windows application?  The issue isn’t about working around the problem — it’s about GIMP taking a big old [expletive deleted] on my operating system and not cleaning up its [expletive deleted] mess when it’s [expletive deleted] told to!  If you can’t offer an actual solution, then how about you pour yourself a big, steaming cup of [expletive deleted], and give way to others with brains larger than an average walnut who can actually help?

There, I feel much better now.

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Apr 20, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized |

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